Monthly Archives: October 2018

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31st October 2018

The month closed with a return to south-westerlies and a strong passage of finches and other species at the Gap, with highlights of 81 Crossbills, 90 Siskins, six Twite, 13 Mistle Thrushes, 1500 Starlings and a Jack Snipe moving through. …

29th October 2018

Without a doubt, today’s highlight was a Coues’s Arctic Redpoll caught in Top Scrub by the ringing team this morning – a fitting testament to their hard work there this (and every) autumn.  Additional records from Top Scrub included five …

28th October 2018

Another busy day in north to north-easterly winds and squally showers, with another two Long-eared Owls and two Short-eared Owls arriving in off, 21 Little Auks, 37 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, two Sooty and 11 Manx Shearwaters and two Pomarine …

27th October 2018

Lots of activitiy in brisk northerlies today, with a site record 32 Pomarine Skuas past the Gap as well as a Glaucous Gull (first of the season), a Little Auk, three Velvet Scoters, eight Shovelers, five Goldeneye, 15 Manx Shearwaters …

26th October 2018

A day of strong north-westerly winds which produced some good movements at sea, the highlight being a Leach’s Storm-petrel close inshore and south early afternoon. Pomarine Skuas were passing in good numbers, with four in the morning and 23 in …

25th October 2018

The blustery westerlies continue, with what little movement is occurring involving birds arriving in off despite the wind direction; small numbers of Skylarks, Redwings, Song Thrushes, Fieldfares and finches continue to arrive throughout the day, with totals of 240 Fieldfares …

24th October

Singles of both Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes were in the bay off the Brigg this afternoon, where there were also three Great Crested Grebes, 10 Red-throated Divers and 15 Common Scoters; two Goldeneye, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua passed …

22nd October 2018

A male Merlin was at East Lea today, with a report of a Rough-legged Buzzard over the Country Park (per bird news services). A Great Northern Diver, a Med Gull and a Velvet Scoter passed the Brigg, 25 Grey Partridges …

20th October 2018

An entertaing morning at the Gap (especially for those attending the vismig drop-in session) included a Hen Harrier, 11 Whooper Swans, 115 Skylarks, 62 Golden Plovers, 47 Siskins and two Crossbills, while an Asio owl came in off the sea …

19th October 2018

A busy day for birds and birders, with Migweek continuing to produce the goods for locals and visitors alike. Two Short-eared Owls came in off the sea, while an Avocet roamed between the Brigg, the bay and the beach during …

17th October 2018

Another busy day in the area, lacking the big numbers of yesterday but still notable for a range of incoming migrants. Four Jays topped the bill over the Top Scrub, where other notable counts included 82 Bramblings, 90 Chaffinches, 72 Greenfinches, …

16th October 2018

North-east winds heralded an impressive influx of Scandinavian incomers today, with counts in the northern coastal area (mainly from the ringing team at the Top Scrub) of 3550 Redwings, 650 Fieldfares, 10 Ring Ouzels, 220 Song Thrushes, 60 Skylarks, 80 …

15th October 2018

A north-north-easterly airflow with lots of rain (and intermittent breaks) made for some decent local birding, the star of the show being a Long-eared Owl which – after arriving fresh from the continent – had the decency to fly straight …

13th October 2018

A minimum of six Yellow-browed Warblers were in the area today (at least four in the Country Park, one at the Tip and one at the Gap) with a truncated session at the latter site in high winds producing three …

11th October 2018

A busier day locally, with a good arrival of migrants on a SE wind with early precipitation. Yellow-browed Warblers numbered at least eight, which included three at Hunmanby Gap and two in Top Scrub, while Ring Ouzels numbeed at least …

10th October 2018

A Hawfinch was reported from Crescent Gardens, while the Gap had a busy first hour with 27 Crossbills, 30 Skylarks, 234 Goldfinches, 515 Siskins ans 21 Reed Buntings among final totals there. Further Crossbills overflew Gristhorpe Bay and the Dams, with …

9th October 2018

A Yellow-browed Warbler reported from Church Ravine was probably one of yesterday’s birds, while nine Crossbills, 96 siskins and 65 Linnets were the best of a quiet Gap. Two Greenshank and three Snipe continue at the Dams. 

8th October 2018

Two or possibly three Yellow-browed Warblers were in the seafront area today, with a handful of Bramblings and Redwings scattered. At the Gap, 30 Shelduck (a site record) and 16 Snipe were the best of an otherwise quiet vismig session. 

7th October 2018

A Yellow-browed Warbler – a long-overdue first of the season! – was by the golf course bridge today (surely more are in the area….). At the Gap, vismig highlights included a record 374 Skylarks north-east and 47 south-west, a Ring …

6th October 2018

Bird of the day was undoubtedly the Hawfinch in Long Lane frst thing, a less than annual visitor to the recording area. Otherwise 20 Redwings and five Fieldfares were in the Country Park area, with activities on the sea picking …

4th October 2018

A busy morning at the Gap, with 280 Siskins, 120 Goldfinches, 100 Linnets, 110 Tree Sparrows, eight Swallows and three House Martins among vismig there, with a Brown Argus in a garden there in the aftertnoon. A group of 13 …

3rd October 2018

Two Slavonian Grebes spent the day in the north of the bay with a Red-breasted Merganser, a Tufted Duck, 15 Red-throated Divers and 70 Teal. Barnacle Geese were on the move, with 75 along the coast (and 68, likely mostly …

2nd October 2018

On the sea, a Black Guillemot and 10 Pintail went north, with a Little Egret, 10 Bonxies, four Arctic Skuas past the Gap. Yesterday (1st), seven Sooty and nine Manx Shearwaters, three Velvet Scoters, 10 Great and five Arctic Skuas …